The Military Of The Army Today

1283 WordsSep 5, 20166 Pages
Abstract In the Army today, we have dealt with many difficult complex challenges that put our nation in a difficult situation with the rest of the world and our troops. As American soldiers we are accountable for meeting certain standards and expectations in most of every mission we are given to accomplish. Desertion in our military takes away our motivation, inspiration Army values, beliefs expressed in code and creed, and is embedded within our unique Army culture for each of us to perform our duty in a manner worthy of the trust of the American people and our troops. What if we don’t do anything about it? How the American people and the rest of the world is going to look at the most powerful Armed Forces in the world? As we take a…show more content…
Although the penalty for desertion is death, no American soldier had served more than 24 months in jail since September 11, 2001. Leaders should focus on maintaining an ethical climate in the work place. In the Army there is different way to display unethical behavior, DUI, domestic disputes, adultery, fraternization, and toxic leadership to mention few. I believe that today soldiers are not 100% committed to the Army Core Values. The public is a huge key player, the public opinion would not tolerate the execution of volunteer soldiers. Through this paper you will see the history of American deserters from the beginning 1812 to present and the implications of their actions. How in the past the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) was enforced and how today judicial system is different and how it affecting our forces. The Army must ensure to enforce the standards in regard to desertion while consecutively maintaining good order and discipline in the armed forces. Running head: Desertion in time of peace and conflict 4 The Beginning Since the War of 1812 there has been desertion. Mexican-American War (1846-1848) 9,200 troops, US Civil War (1861-1865) the north Union Army with 180,000 deserter by the end of the war, the south with 103,400 deserter. William Smitz of the north’s Pennsylvania Volunteers was the last
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